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We have set the date for our Spring Training Bash– Thursday March 7th. The party will start at 4pm or soon after the game ends.
For more on the schedule, CLICK HERE.


If you are going to Spring Training you will need to get tickets to the games.  The games are held at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. If you stay at the Homewood Suites (more info below) you can take the free van to the ballpark. This avoids trouble with parking.

To find out more about the stadium and order tickets CLICK HERE. 

Our Road Trip Hotels are the Drury Hotels.

On our way to– and from– Spring Training…ROAD TRIP– We stay at Drury Hotels

As always we suggest fans stay at a Drury Hotel along the way and there is a special discount with the promo code being SPORTS.  Drury Hotels have free breakfast and dinner every day of the week, plus they have swimming pools, hot tubs and work-out rooms. For those wanting to add Orlando to their trip there is a Drury Hotel there.

Some of the stops we have made on our way to Florida with Drury Hotels near are: Nashville, Tennessee; Atlanta, Georgia;  Valdosta, Georgia;  Gainesville, Florida; and Orlando.There is a new Drury Hotel in Fort Myers, Florida for those wanting to travel to an away game in Fort Myers. Drury Hotels are based in Missouri and are a family-owned business. Use Promocode: SPORTS at any Drury Hotel, ANY time you stay at a Drury Hotel.

Drury Hotels are based in Missouri and are a family-owned business. Use Promocode: SPORTS at any Drury Hotel, any time.

Do you have AAA?

Driving to Spring Training can be fun if you plan your trip right. Depending on how much time you have, there are a lot of fun things to do on the way down.

Stay safe on the highways with the security of having AAA. If you have car trouble they will help you and they can even help plan your trip.

“Contact a AAA Travel Advisor to help you plan your trip”– CLICK HERE.

To plan things to do in Jupiter, scroll down.


Jupiter, Florida- Homewood Suites of Palm Beach Gardens

Our Headquarters Hotel at Spring Training is the Homewood Suites- Palm Beach Gardens

***If you plan to go and stay at the Homewood Suites, please make your reservations now (you can always change them). They only have a certain number of rooms set aside with the discount and we are sending this to our COMMUNITY first. We want you all to get the discount.

Call Elise Robinson at (561) 207-2662 at the Homewood Suites and tell her you want Rob Rains’ Spring Training Discount.

How the Special Discount Works:

They have started doing it differently than in past years. Last year, some of our Cardinals fans were disappointed that there were no discounts on certain days. We found out that was because they only have a certain number of discount days– so this year they are telling us when our discounted days are and how many rooms we have. We want to encourage you to make your reservations EARLY– as in soon– so. you will get the rates available.

Here is our Homewood Suites discounted rate: $269 for a One King, one bedroom suite with sleeper couch.

To reserve your room: CLICK HERE.

The special price we get — $269– is a huge savings as we looked up the rate for the exact same room for March 1, 2024 and it was $418 per night.

**If you stay at the Homewood Suites, make sure you let us know and if you see us, come up and introduce yourself.


Homewood Suites told us  they are maxed out on rooms the nights of March 5-8th. There are a few left for March 9-14 and plenty after the night of the 14th. We are sorry if you were unable to get in on the discounted rooms. There may be some regularly priced rooms available.


If the Homewood Suites is full: We recommend Best Western West Palm Beach

From February 20 to the end of March, they will offer our readers who could not get into the Homewood Suites a $189.00 rate.

They are #11 out of 43 Hotels listed on Tripadvisor for West Palm Beach. Call the Sales Department  (561) 683-8810 and identify that you are from “Rob Rains’ STL Sports Page.”

 1800 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Rob Rains and have an annual Spring Training Bash Party. In 2024 it will be March 7.
The event is free to attend but has a silent auction with fun Cardinals items. The silent auction benefits Rainbows for Kids in St. Louis and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Palm Beach.
The party features a sports roundtable discussion about the Cardinals.
Hamburgers and Hot Dogs and drinks will be available. Scroll down for photos from past Spring Training Bashes.

Plan your trip to Jupiter  in at Spring Training for most of it and Rob Rains files his “Jupiter Minute” reports after the spring training games. We get many requests for “what is there to do in Jupiter?” Of course you came for the Cardinals games but there is a lot to do in the area. Some of our favorites are:

  • Go to the beach! Juno Beach is where we usually go. It’s a straight shot up Donald Ross Rd. from the Hoewood Suites Palm Beach Gardens and then a left on US Highway 1: 4775 U.S. Highway 1. Juno Beach, Florida 33408.
  • We recently went on a Pontiki inlet cruise. It was pricey ($60) but a two-hour boat ride around Jupiter Inlet with drinks included in the price. Sunset cruise was worth the price.
  • Loggerhead Marinelife Center (Juno Beach)- fun place to take the kids, all ages. You get to see the turtles that are being rescued. 14200 U.S. Hwy 1, Juno Beach, FL 33408
  • Mini Golf at Light House Cove: Address:1145 Main St, Jupiter, FL 33458.  Phone:(561) 268-2717
  • The Jupiter Lighthouse is a beautiful sight whether you visit in the day or night. The photo, left was taken at night from our Pontiki cruise
  • There are many restaurants and evening venues and these are just a few that are popular: Guanabanas, U-Tiki, The Woods (owned by Tiger Woods), Square Grouper
  • Great breakfast or brunch– Juno Beach Cafe. 13967 US Highway 1, Juno Beach, FL 33408-1631 It’s open until 2 in the afternoon so if you stay at Homewood Suites you could eat their great breakfast in the morning and then go here for “lunch” they have a full menu with lunch items also.
  • Our favorite sports bars hae always been the
  • For more places to go:

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Rob Rains’ Baseball Bash 2023

Photo below shows Rob Rains, Zach Thompson, Brendan Donovan and Mike Trim from WPTV, West Palm Beach.




A look at some of our fun parties… For many years we have been having special Spring Training Bash Parties which benefitted charity– Rainbows for Kids and Leukemia Society of Palm Beach

Photo from the 2022 Baseball Bash:

Ricky Horton was our guest of honor in 2022 at the Annual Rob Rains’ Spring Training Charity Party

It was great to have people back in a safe, outdoor setting at the Homewood Suites. Be sure to find out when our 2023 party will be before you make your plans for Spring Training so you can join the fun!


Photo from the 2020 Baseball Bash:

This may have been the last “party” or large crowd gathering you attended if you were there. It was held on March 12, 2020 and just as it started we received word that MLB had cancelled the remainder part of Spring Training– due to the start of the COVID-19 closings.

The day the 2020 Baseball Bash was the day of the last Spring Training game. We had a player scheduled and due to “circumstances beyond their control” he could not attend. There was a great, enthusiastic crowd and the fans had a fun time despite what was happening.

Photos from the 2019 Bash:

Rob, Ponce, Trim, panel

Mike Trim WPTV West Palm Beach, Cardinals pitcher Daniel Ponce de Leon, Rob Rains

For the past several years The Homewood Suites has teamed up with to put on a charity event which benefits Rainbows for Kids in St. Louis and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Palm Beach. The event is  free of charge and open to all fans of and any guests staying at the Homewood Suites. Carson Kelly was the guest last year, shown in photo with Mike Trim of WPTV News in West Palm Beach and Rob Rains.

Ponce crowd- Go Cards

The Spring Training Charity Bash features free food and drink as well as a silent auction, but the highlight of the event has always been a player from the St. Louis Cardinals who attends and entertains on a sports panel with Trim and Rains.

Ponce= Trim asking questions

Trim, a Cardinals fan, originally from Hermann, MO is a television anchor and always donates his time to do the panel with Rob Rains of The photo, above, right is the 2017 event featuring Aledmys Diaz.

After the panel discussion there was a barbecue and the Cardinals fans got to eat hamburgers and hot dogs.

Ponce- barbecue

The best part of the party is raising money for two great charities. Proceeds from the Baseball Bash are divided between the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Palm Beach and Rainbows for Kids in St. Louis.  Tyler Hammond, shown in photo below was a member of Rainbows for Kids when he was a child. He had multiple organ transplants, but was able to participate on the Rainbows for Kids Baseball Team and all the activities designed for families with children in treatment. He has now graduated from college and is a volunteer with the organization. He is shown in the picture with Daniel Ponce de Leon.

Ponce with Tyler

Plan a trip to Spring Training and join us at the party!

Rob Rains interviews Daniel Ponce de Leon at the 2019 Baseball Bash.

2018- Kolten Wong


Carson Kelly was the special guest in 2018. Television anchor Mike Trim of WPTV always chips in and is seen in the photo above with Kelly and Rob Rains.

Aledmys Diaz signs autographs at the 2017 Baseball Bash.